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Discover how to health check the anatomy of your legal matters

By Rob MacAdam With clients expecting more efficiency, transparency and value from their lawyers, it’s time for law firms to re-engineer their legal service delivery into real competitive advantage. In this video, Rob MacAdam, Director of Legal Solutions, identifies six elements that make up the anatomy of a legal matter, and discusses what improvements can be […]

Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

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Deweys sacks twelve in NY economic slowdown

Dewey Ballantine is laying off 12 lawyers from its New York office as attrition rates fall to their lowest level in nearly a decade. The associates, who are from a variety of departments and levels of experience, were told last week that they are being what the firm describes as “outplaced”. Chairman Everett Jassy says […]

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Jones Day Reavis & Pogue’s Peter Faber is well versed in advising his long-time client Peter Dyer in the etiquette of buyouts. Faber has acted for Dyer since the early 1980s, after Crystal Holidays was set up in 1981. Dyer then decided to sell the company to US-based Viad 10 years later, only for the […]

Norton Rose rejigs Paris and Greece heads

Norton Rose is reshuffling its European management team following the sudden death of the head of its Paris office in December. Alain Sanchez, who died on New Year’s Eve, will be replaced by Tim Howard, the manager of the firm’s associated offices in Greece. The Greek office had to be rebranded Law Office Howard in […]

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BRUSSELS Axel Haelterman joined Freshfields Bruckhaus Der-inger in Brussels. A leading international tax lawyer, Haelterman joined Freshfields in February 2000 from Loeff Claeys Verbeke, where he had been head of tax. A tremendous boost to Freshfields’ Belgian office, the hire was also part of an ongoing strategy to develop a pan-European tax practice, much assisted […]

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